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Closets Are The Amenity People Can't Live Without

 

And we're not just saying that because we're "in the business".

According to The Business Insider, an online news publication, "Luxury home buyers say this (closets) is the amenity they can't live without." And that comes as a result of a survey conducted on Homes.com.describe the image

Of course, we love that!

It makes us very happy to have our clients fall in love with their closets and never be able to live without a custom closet system again.

According to The Business Insider, "Among the 250 people surveyed, a whopping 75.9 percent chose a luxury closet and suite as their #1 desired amenity."

So in a celebration of summer and the joy that an organized closet brings - we just want to share a few personal faves from our own client collection of closet amenities people can't live without.describe the image

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And if you want to check out a link to the article, here you go:

http://www.businessinsider.com/luxury-home-buyers-say-this-is-the-amenity-they-cant-live-without-2012-7

http://www.homes.com/

Keep It Simple

 

Do we stay or do we go?

A surprising question that a lot of home owners are finding that they are asking themselves right now. 

Do you truly need to move right now or are you looking for a change?

If change is the answer, here are a couple of small change suggestions that make a huge impact:

Change the colors - We all spend most of our time in our kitchen and bath areas so it makes sense to focus on those areas first. Small changes in the kitchen and bath can make a dramatic impact. By simply applying a new paint color and updating hardware, you, the homeowner can transform the look and feel of a room. Consider adding a touch of warmth by using a soft finish with an elegant appearance such as brushed bronze.

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Change the hardware - When selecting new hardware find a finish that adds a contrast to your current cabinets. The hardware is the jewelry for your cabinets so it should stand out. 

Swap out the backsplash - For the kitchen it may also be a good time to add the backsplash that you have always wanted. Drama does not need to cost a ton. Find a texture that really compliments your personal taste. Try something new. How about weathered barn wood for an old world feel.

describe the imageStainless steel can be a real industrial show stopper for a more modern feel. No matter your taste simple changes can satisfy your hunger change.

 

 

 

 

Erik Kolacz is an interior designer with Contrast Design Group and has designed a closet line for Closet Works - http://www.closetworks.com/erikkolaczcollection/

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Doors and Drawers Open New Closet Options

 



We have lots of clients who love the environment and want to make the world a better place (why else would they have such fabulously organized closets???).

And until recently, if they want to use ecco friendl materials to create those closets, the door and drawer profiles were limited to flat, flat and flat.

But now, we've got options and we're so excited!

Whether traditional or contemporary, we can now create closets that are environmentally friendly as well as style friendly.

Textured Walls Are All The Rage

 

So I’m in love with wall covering again.

It’s such an easy way to add warmth and drama to your home.  

And the added bonus is that its nothing like your mothers wallpaper. Advancements in technology have come a long way, so now it's easy to remove if you change your mind - or change your style.  That means there is no reason not to express yourself in even more creative ways with what's on your walls.

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I really enjoy mixing finishes and materials and wall covering makes it easy to do just that! Consider a textured grass cloth next to a polished chrome table, toss in a worn leather sofa and a hair on hide rug for a perfect, cozy, man cave.

For more of a statement, try a bold pattern to create a stylish focal point.

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Another option (now don't be afraid!) is to use wall covering in more unusual ways. I like to cover an old piece of furniture for an updated look and an added little touch of personality. I have even used wall covering to cover ceilings in a powder room to make an intimate feel while adding a ton of drama. After all, people are only in there for a short time; why not make it a true experience for your guests?

Easy Ways to Add Personal Style to Your Home

 

Educated, savvy buyers are now looking for unique elements to reflect their own personal style.

Your home should be as personal to you as your wardrobe.

And it should be a reflection of your style and your way of life.

The days of purchasing your bedroom suite right off the furniture store floor are over.  Many manufacturers are offering options that allow an individual to make choices and to step away from the cookie cutter mentality. A good way to do this is to consider pairing a different size chest as a creative solution for night stands.

Looking to make a big change but the budget won’t allow?

Even small steps can make a big difference in staking personality claim on your domain. Take risks with items such as hardware and don’t be afraid to blend different eras to make a statement.  

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Color Is a Great Design Option to Change Things Up!

 

As a designer I’m often ask how to get the biggest impact with the littlest effort.

My answer is surprisingly simple! 

Consider simple fixes for the seasons:

Combining unexpected colors and textures can help to invigorate any space.  Try using vibrant pops of color in rooms with subtle, thoughtful designs to create truly dramatic living spaces. Keeping backgrounds neutral will allow you to explore all of the trends of the seasons without breaking the bank.

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Don’t forget the fresh green. It’s the perfect time of year to bring the outdoors inside. Beautifully planted window boxes outside key windows not only add the vibrant pops of color we hunger for this time of year, but they also make it very easy to clip those beautiful blooms and bring them indoors. I love to keep a little vase of fresh flowers on the counter in my dressing area. It’s always a great little treat to start my day on the right foot. Just a couple of these simple suggestions can bring a new life to your home season after season.

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Seven Smart Solutions for Organizing Electronics

 
If you just love terrific tips that are easy to implement - here are seven super ideas for organizing your electronics:

1. TOILET PAPER ROLLS - it seems a little crazy at first, but saving your toilet paper rolls and then tucking your chords inside them is a recycling idea of the highest caliber.describe the image Stand them up inside an area of a drawer so they fit nicely and don't move around - then stuff a chord inside each one.

2. PLASTIC BREAD TIES - Save the plastic bread tie closures from your bread loaves, use a sharpie marker to label with the devices you own, then slide over the chord near where you plug it in and you'll have an easy identifier.  Much easier than using tape and writing on that.

 

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 3. ZIPLOC BAGS - I love using ziploc bags for storing things. And my favorite part? They are clear so you can easily, quickly see what's stored inside them.  No having to count on your memory about what you put in each one. Wonderfully effecient.

4. STACKABLE PAPER TRAYS - Available at any office supply store - repurpose the paper trays to stack your electronics and small items.  The storage is shallow which makes it perfect for small items like cell phones, digital cameras and keys.

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5. FOAM PIPE INSULATION - Sold at home improvement stores, you can cut different lengths and then stuff your chords inside. Easy in, easy out and protective.  You could put labels on the outside and color with some markers for easier identification.chords pipe foam

 

 

 

 

 

6. BINDER CLIPS - get some larger ones, attach one end onto your desk top or other counter top and then use the silver clippy handle part to slide your electronics through and keep easily accessible.binder clips

7.SILVERWARE DIVIDERS - found at places like The Container Store or Bed, Bath and Beyond and available in many different styles, from wicker to metal to plastic, these pre-organized organizers are great, simple solutions that can be matched to your decor and kept visible, or stashedi inside a drawer or cabinet.describe the image

So which one is your favorite? Or what secret closet organizer tips do you have for keeping life easier to manage?

 

 

Walls, Beds, Closets and So Much More!

 
Downsizing can have all kinds of interpretations, but for Closet Works clients Sue and Marty, it means the very exciting "re-allocation of space" from their big, suburban house to a condo on the north shore of Chicago.
And re-allocating space usually means organizing to the max.
Using every inch possible to allow for storing and hiding as many personal items as possible.
So that was designer Tim Higbee's "assignment" when he met with Sue and Marty and their interior designer, Deb Reinhart.
They didn't want to overwhelm the bedroom space with too much furniture so they created a wall surround for the bed that really makes wonderfully effecient use of the wall space and floor space on the sides.
There are lots of drawers, easy access to the night stands and gorgeous marble tops,which Tim highlights in the video.
In addition, lighting for easy night time reading that was discovered by the client during an online search, and it's lighting we really think makes the entire project look even better. It telescopes out when you need it or folds flat, (as shown in photo) when you don't.
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Also incorporated into this design was the headboard, lighting and stone tops.  The clients are more than 100% satisfied - which makes us all sleep better every night!

Closet Design Solutions From Any Angle

 

A Walk-In closet space is fun for any closet designer to design.  It's also fun for any client to have as a place to call "home" for their wardrobe.

And when the space is square or rectangle with a standard eight or nine foot ceiling and few or no obstacles - all the better.

But angles make things more complicated because angles typically equal more difficult accessibility.

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Think about the attic in your grandparents home. You know, the one you used to love to sneak up to and play hide and seek in? They probably had lots of boxes shoved in to the corners that you could hide behind. Which is fun.

But having to access items on a daily basis in a location like that can be "back-aching" and frustrating. You wouldn't want to have to go looking for wardrobe favorites on a daily basis that were stored like that.

So what to do if you have a closet space that has angled ceilings?

Closet Works designer Zena Hallman created a great solution for a Chicago area client by properly designing shelves and hanging into the space while allowing proper access. She used her excellent space planning skills and years of experience to really maximize the space for her client. And she'd be happy to do the same for yours!

Home Office Design Tips

 

It's common for people to work from both their work office and their home office.....and just about anywhere else they can get a cup of coffee and an internet connection.

And with more and more homes being equipped with space to allow at least one person to work, we thought we'd share some insights on home office space.

It's space that needs to be effectively designed and effeciently utilized. Doing a great job at your job is more than just making sure your files are organized. There are proven psychological benefits that lead to productivity increases when your work space works for you.

So if you'll allow us the privilege of working with you on your work space - we promise you'll get more done and be all the happier for it.

 It takes a great deal of thought to figure out what your work pattern is and how things can flow, as well as what options you have for making that work. Our team has lots of experience helping people make those kinds of decisions, and we'd love to help you too!

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